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May 9, 2018 - 02:46 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that nothing can take away a person's baptism or the identity they thereby gain as a child of God, which is why this sacrament cannot be repeated.
Apr 4, 2018 - 03:31 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Eucharist is key to living an authentic Christian witness, and that those who leave Mass unchanged, continuing to gossip or hold onto unholy habits, have missed the point.
Mar 28, 2018 - 05:00 am .- The Easter Triduum is the most important time of year for Christians, Pope Francis said Wednesday, and stressed that those who truly allow themselves to be transformed by Jesus' resurrection, while still being sinners, cannot be corrupt.
Mar 7, 2018 - 03:24 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis issued a harsh critique of the trend to ask parishioners for a financial contribution in order to have Mass said for a loved one, saying that to make a personal offering is fine, but the liturgy should never have a price tag.
Mar 3, 2018 - 03:15 am .- When pilgrims in the Eternal City hope to get an up-close view of the pope, or even shake his hand, they are usually advised to arrive at the Vatican early, to sit next to the barrier and, most importantly, to find a baby.
Feb 28, 2018 - 04:41 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that having Mass centered around the altar is meant to remind faithful that the cross is the first Christian altar on which Christ offered the sacrifice of his life.
Feb 14, 2018 - 05:32 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis again offered some reflections and tips for the Liturgy of the Word, saying faithful who attend Mass lack a fundamental “right” if they do not receive a well-prepared and well-preached homily.
Feb 7, 2018 - 04:43 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis touched on a topic close to home for both parish priests and people in the pews, offering his recipe for what makes a good homily, saying they should be short and well-prepared.
Nov 8, 2017 - 04:35 am .- On Wednesday a fiery Pope Francis chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies, saying these are distractions that take focus away from the “heart of the Church,” which is the Eucharist.
Oct 18, 2017 - 04:43 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis offered prayers for the more than 300 victims of a terrorist bombing in the African country of Somalia, one of the most lethal attacks to take place anywhere in the world in recent years.  
Oct 11, 2017 - 06:19 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when life is hard, monotonous or unclear – with the knowledge that after the darkness, there is always light.
Oct 4, 2017 - 03:51 am .- True Christians are not sad or gloomy, but have the specific task of being bearers of hope, Pope Francis said Wednesday – and not only with their words, but with actions as simple as a smile or an act of charity.
Sep 27, 2017 - 03:14 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis spoke about the enemies of hope that often lead us into discouragement and melancholy, and urged Christians to fight these temptations with the power of prayer.
Aug 30, 2017 - 04:44 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis told pilgrims to ignore gloomy people that drag others down, and stressed the need to maintain a healthy dose of the joy experienced in our first encounter with Christ, which he said must serve as a constant motivation to spread the good news.
Aug 23, 2017 - 04:00 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis said going through life downcast as if it has no meaning is not the attitude of a Christian, who has the assurance that even when things look grim, there is always new hope found in Christ.
Aug 9, 2017 - 03:12 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Church doesn't exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God's mercy – a point he often returns to – and lamented the fact that there are many Catholics who believe the opposite.
Aug 2, 2017 - 04:58 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that to be a Christian means to have hope in the light of Christ, which we are filled with at our Baptism, even in the midst of difficulties or darkness.
Jun 21, 2017 - 05:27 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis said the saints show us that despite what we might think, holiness is possible for everyone, and we should call on them for help in living out our vocations.
Jun 14, 2017 - 03:47 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis said that God’s love isn’t something we earn or deserve by our good works, but that it is free and unconditional – no matter what.
Jun 7, 2017 - 04:43 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said that one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith is that we have a God we are taught to call ‘Father’ – a father who never leaves us and who we can call on in prayer at any moment.